Puppy Preschool

Private 50 minute sessions designed for new puppy adoptions to get a head start on training their new family member. Because they are held at your home we don’t have to wait for the puppy’s vaccinations to be finished before we begin training. During the sessions we will cover topics such as crate training, housebreaking, feeding schedule, mouthiness, sleeping area, puppy proofing your home, vaccinations schedules, appropriate puppy behavior and any other questions you may have. In addition we can also begin obedience training and foundation work for sits, downs, coming when called, walking nicely on leash, and jumping up. This is a great way for new owners to immediately get on the right track with their new puppies.

Obedience Training

Obedience training for all ages, sizes and skill level. Whether you have an overly rambunctious puppy, an 8 year old senior rescue or training for competitive dog sports. All dogs can benefit from some level of obedience training.

The basics will cover, walking nicely on leash, not jumping up on people, sitting quietly at a café, coming when called, sits, downs, staying. Also includes indoor manners such as, taking food from counters, not rushing out the door, not chasing cats etc. These sessions will last for an hour and will be done at your home, neighborhood or local park.

Advanced obedience sessions are catered to owners who already have the basics down and want to learn more, handlers preparing for their Canine Good Citizen Test and handlers who are active or interested in becoming active in dog sports. Topics covered are, formal heeling under distraction, formal retrieve, stays under distraction, sits and downs at a distance, stand for examination, focus exercises, targeting exercises and more.

Fearful Dogs

Living in an urban environment can sometimes be problematic and scary for dogs, especially rescue dogs who are not used to being around all the activity and noise common in city living. Even dogs who have lived in a city environment their whole lives may still encounter situations that startle them on a daily basis. These dogs can display that anxiety through hesitating, avoiding, growling and even barking.  These sessions are designed to show owners how to properly introduce and acclimate their dogs to those stressful situations without possibly making the problem worse by pushing the dog too much. And how to manage certain situations appropriately to make your dog as comfortable as possible without having to leave the situation entirely. The ultimate goal is to make your canine companion more confident and be comfortable in any situation.

Aggression Issues

Aggression problems in dogs can be the most concerning and problematic issue that an owner can face. Compounding the problem is the never ending opinions on what is causing the aggression and how to properly deal with them. In my 25 years of training dogs professionally the most common underlying cause of aggression in dogs is inappropriately perceiving a threat and acting excessively defensive.  The key to resolving most aggression issues is minimizing the dogs stress level and creating consequences to both desirable and undesirable behaviors. In these one hour training sessions we will cover, why your dog is showing aggressive behaviors, handling techniques that will help the dog feel more at ease and be less prone to show aggressive displays. And what to do and what not to do when your dog is being aggressive. The good news is the majority of dog aggression issues can be resolved and fairly quickly. After the first session I can let you know how serious the aggression really is and what your expectation should be in resolving the aggression issues.